Mercy Hospital has been designated as the only Top General Hospital in Missouri and one of only 45 Top General Hospitals nationwide by The Leapfrog Group.

JOPLIN, Mo. – Mercy Hospital Joplin coworkers have reason to celebrate. The hospital has earned recognition from The Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit organization, as the only Top General Hospital in Missouri and one of only 45 Top General Hospitals nationwide.

The Leapfrog Top Hospital award is widely acknowledged as one of the most competitive honors American hospitals can receive for achievements in patient safety and quality.

“The national award is a testament to the outstanding quality care and safety our physicians, nurses and co-workers provide every day for our patients,” said Gary Pulsipher, president of Mercy Hospital Joplin.

To qualify for The Leapfrog Group’s Top Hospital distinction, hospitals must submit a Leapfrog Hospital Survey. The selection of Top Hospitals is based on surveys results from nearly 1,900 hospitals.

Performance across many areas of hospital care is considered in establishing the qualifications for the award, including infection rates, maternity care and the hospital’s capacity to prevent medication errors. The rigorous standards are defined in each year’s Top Hospital Methodology.

“We are proud to recognize Mercy Hospital Joplin as a 2017 Leapfrog Top Hospital,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of Leapfrog. “This demonstrates extraordinary dedication to patients and the local community. The entire staff and board deserve praise for putting quality first and achieving results.”

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